"This is Conductor Folan on Extra 194 West.
We have just
made an emergency stop about 2 kilometers west of Wildwood.
We have probably broken in two or maybe broken an air hose.
Is anyone close to us in either direction?"
"No, nobody close. Where are you calling from?"
"Phone box DS11."
"About 20 car lengths west."
"All right, let's see. You have 125 cars, and you are 20
The track between the
phone and the road crossing holds less than 100 cars. That
That means your engine is well past the crossing,
so it's probably not involved in a grade-crossing accident.
Your engine should be pretty close to that phone box near
the Sands River bridge, so I should soon be hearing from
your head end.
Have your flagmen protect both eastbound
and westbound mains*, and then you start going over your
train. I want a report on whether anything from your train
is fouling the eastbound main as soon as I can hear from
you. The eastbound local just passed AY tower and has work
both at Lily and Fairview, so he shouldn't be looking at
you for at least an hour.
If you are fouling the
eastbound, I can hold the local at Fairview.
Let me hear
from you as soon as you know."
e. Tower operators--who are seeking information for crews who cannot
reach the dispatcher. Frequently, a road crew may be having difficulty in
making progress and may throw off a message rather than stop to call the
dispatcher. An example of each situation follows.
(1) Towerman--relaying a road crew's message.
"RK Tower. Extra 198 West by at 1531 hours with a hotbox
38 cars back from the engine.
The head end threw off a
message advising that they want to set it off at